Santa Gets Interviewed

16-33Greetings!

We look forward to the first weekend in October every year. That has traditionally been the time when Santa has met with a member of the media for his one and only interview of the year.

But we were surprised this year when the reporter who interviewed Santa ended up being our own Elf Crash Murphy.

You can read the interview at this link.

I was just sifting through the list of reporters requesting to interview Santa when I received word that Santa had met with a “reporter” already. Santa is in charge, not me, of course, so I figured he must have made other arrangements and just forgot to tell me.

But evidently this all happened as a result of the radio guys holding interviews for new talent for this year’s Santa tracking show on Kringle Radio. Crash was not part of the interviewing committee and he was a little upset about that. So when he bumped into Santa the other day he told him that he guessed he wasn’t a very good newsman because he didn’t get to do the same things that the other news guys got to do.

Santa disagreed with Crash and asked him to do the interview.

As you recall, Crash spent a lot of time last Christmas answering questions from kids all over the world. He took several questions he had left over as well as a bunch of new questions that have arrived from children these past few weeks at the North Pole Post Office and those were the questions he asked Santa.

So really, Crash says this interview was between Santa and the kids — and not the media. Which is a really interesting way to look at it.

Anyway, it’s a very different interview this year. We hope you enjoy it.

Elf Ernest

Tracking Department Mum on Big Plans

16-13Hi everyone!

As September ends everywhere here at the North Pole the signs of Christmas getting closer are evident.

Every department here at the North Pole is pushing to meet their annual goals, just so they can be fully ready for the stretch drive to Christmas.

But to me the most interesting thing is happening in the Tracking Department. They have started to have closed door meetings and everything they have planned is “hush-hush”.

That could mean that Tracking Santa this year is going to be more fun than ever.

A lot of kids write to us saying if there is one place they want to see at the North Pole it is Santa’s Workshop.

But if I were a kid I would want to see the Tracking Department. That’s a really cool place.

They have huge TV screens on the walls and giant maps everywhere. They have a direct line to just about anywhere in the world and on Christmas Eve — whoo, boy! –– it is just the place to be.

So I’m excited to hear what they have planned. It looks to be an epic year.

— Elf Ernest

Elves in Your House

elfezEverybody knows about the Big Elf who goes down your chimney in the dark of night every Christmas. His name is Santa Claus. We all welcome him into our homes with great anticipation.

But there are other elves that go to your house.

Perhaps you know about these guys and what they do.

Or maybe you don’t.

You see, the idea is kind of creepy. Thinking of some little dude in pointy shoes rooting around your house when no one is looking isn’t really a pleasant thought.

But we have to talk about this. In fact, many of you keep writing in with questions – most about those elves known as an “Elf on the Shelf”.

Let’s set the record straight about those guys: they don’t work at the North Pole.

First of all, most of them are short. I mean, really short.

Look, we’ve got short elves at the North Pole but these shelf guys are way down on the scale of ridiculous when it comes to short. Most are about 10 inches tall. That’s Barbie short.

Sorry, but that’s the kind of short you wrap in a blanket and put in a stroller.

So these guys aren’t from here. Technically, I’m not sure they are even elves.

I’m just being honest here. I’ve never seen one of them ever take the Elf Oath.

Santa does know about them. In fact, once or twice a year a lady from New York meets with Santa to talk about these guys. Santa always greets her, treats her nice, etc but to be honest I have never seen one of these little buggers in red ever meet with Santa.

That’s just one reason why I’m not sure they are elves.

The other reason is that they seem to invade homes every Christmas. And many of them cause all kinds of trouble. It’s very un-elf-like.

I’ve seen on Facebook what some of these little guys will do. It’s not pretty.

But there’s one other thing you need to know. Elves don’t belong in your home unless they are doing something for Santa.

And that’s the truth. Santa just doesn’t send a lot of elves to houses. He doesn’t. At most, he’ll send elves from the Post Office Department at the North Pole to fetch what we call stocking mail.

In the last days before Christmas a lot of kids have notes they want to leave for Santa but it is too late to mail them. So we tell them to stick the notes in their stockings and that an North Pole Post Office Department elf will show up to get it back to Santa.

These elves operate under very strict rules. There is no playing on your Christmas tree. They can’t eat your cookies. They aren’t supposed to use your bathroom. Their job is to get in, get out and move on.

And most of them do just that because kids can send a lot of stocking mail at Christmas. They are really, really busy. All true elves are super busy at Christmas. It’s what we do, we’re elves.

Are there other elves that go to your house? Well, maybe. That’s between Santa and your parents, honestly. There are always special circumstances and I know there ARE elves that deal with certain situations. But for most folks the candid answer is no — elves don’t just randomly visit your house.

Now, that’s not to say you won’t ever confront an elf.

What most children don’t realize about elves is that most of us aren’t really short at all. We’re normal size – or bigger. And we don’t always dress in pointy hats and red, fur-trimmed coats.

An elf can look like anyone else.

And they can live anywhere else.

Do you know someone with a twinkle in their eye? Do you know someone who constantly celebrates Christmas – even when it is not Christmas? Do you know someone who runs to the store to buy eggnog…in June? Do you know someone who will go out in a blizzard to look at Christmas lights?

These are all classic giveaways of someone who is an elf.

Oh, they will never tell you. Most elves are sworn to secrecy (but not all).

So when it comes to elves in your home don’t be too quick to dismiss the idea. Just be suspicious of the really short ones.

Big Top Secret Meetings Underway

North Pole Breaking News**Breaking News**

There are big meetings going on at the North Pole this morning. Santa called in his head elves from the Tracking Department first. Then the North Pole Security Department led by Elf Agent X came in. The doors have been closed — locked, in fact — and nobody has come out of there for hours.

We follow a pretty tight plan at the North Pole. These meetings were not on anyone’s schedule. In fact, Santa was supposed to be out of town.

But he’s here and there are big things going on.

But what?

It’s only September.

Elf Ernest

3 Months to Christmas

16-23Greetings!

It’s the 24th of the month and that means – it’s only 3 months until Christmas Eve!

It isn’t quite winter here at the North Pole but if you saw all the white stuff in my yard today you’d think it was Christmas morning. There was more than 4 feet of white stuff out there.

But it wasn’t snow. It was popcorn – left all over the grounds of the North Pole, courtesy of The Merry Prankster.

For the first time, the Merry Prankster has spoken.

He sent an email to a local radio station that said he sent the popcorn for a community movie night at the park. We watched – what else? – White Christmas.

Authorities here at the North Pole remain concerned about the Merry Prankster. They are trying very hard to figure out who he is.

But the elves here at the North Pole seem to love the guy (we’re assuming it is a guy but maybe it is a girl, who knows?).

Elves love a prankster who can stay anonymous.

And for now, that’s all he is.

But Santa remains concerned. He wants to make sure the Merry Prankster is keeping things fun, and doesn’t really have a serious problem.

Santa keeps saying that someone who does something in secret like this is really up to some sort of surprise…and that isn’t good.

For now the Merry Prankster has our attention. And that has even Elf Agent X a little worried too.

Elf Ernest